As in years past, North American hoops fans are expected to wager upwards of $10 billion this month on March Madness brackets revolving around the NCAA Men’s College Basketball Tournament, which gets rolling March 21.
Also as in years past, the internet is currently flooded with scores of alternate, March Madness-style office pools, pitting everything from fictional TV lawyers (The Simpsons’ Lionel Hutz is an early favourite) to mammals (2018 champ: the pygmy hippo) to rom-coms (go 27 Dresses, go!) against one another, to see who or what comes out on top.
Not to be outdone, the Free Press is again joining the fray via our third annual foodie-fight-to-the-finish, dubbed Munch Madness.
Two years ago, the White Top Drive In beat out 15 other combatants to claim the title of Winnipeg’s best burger bar. Last spring, after close to 30,000 online votes were tabulated, Santa Ana Pizzeria & Bistro emerged as the city’s most beloved pizza parlour, narrowly beating Red Ember in the final.
This time around, we’re turning our attention to the most important meal of the day, as we ask readers to help choose Winnipeg’s best breakfast joint.
The ground (coffee) rules
First of all, entrants need to be independently-owned, stand-alone establishments. Local, national and international chains need not apply.
Second, each has to offer their take on what’s commonly known around these parts as a "breakfast special," that is: eggs, toast, hashbrowns (shredded, not cubed, please) and choice of meat. And by meat, we mean bacon. Long, crispy strips of bacon.
How it works
OK, here’s how things are going to play out.
- Voting begins every Friday at noon.
- Vote for your favourite in each match-up once per day by visiting this page.
- Voting closes the following Thursday at noon.
- Thursday afternoons we’ll tally everything up and put the winners in pairings that will open for voting the next day at noon.
So take a gander at our bracket, featuring what we feel are 16 of Winnipeg’s best spots to enjoy brekkie. Click on each entry to vote or read a bit about their history. Set your alarm extra early so you can give 'em a try. And then vote for your favourite.
Obviously, with a field of 16, we couldn’t include everyone’s favourite haunt, so if you have tips and tidbits to share, feel free to join the conversation in the comments, letting us know why you hold a particular place dear.
Photography by Mike Sudoma,
Mike Deal and Mikaela MacKenzie